6:53 URGENT MESSAGE:
653 PM EST TUE NOV 12 2013 ...LOCAL AREA EMERGENCY...
THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE KANAWHA METRO 9 1 1.
REPORTS OF BLACK ICE ON ROADWAYS AND ON BRIDGES.
SEVERAL ACCIDENTS HAVE BEEN REPORTED IN THE ST. ALBANS...ALUM CREEK...
AND CROSS LANES AREA.
ICE IS ALSO POSSIBLE IN OTHER AREAS OF THE COUNTY. USE EXTRA CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.
EARLY NIGHT UPDATE
Watch our for black ice in spots! Previous snow squalls melted in the afternoon, and as the ground loses heat, ice is forming and it is hard to see. Bridges and overpasses that had any moisture on them can and will freeze first. Please be very careful driving overnight.
EVENING COMMUTE UPDATE
Snow squalls have developed, greatly reducing visibility in spots. These are spotty and drifting north to south. The Stormtracker 13 meteorologists say the squalls will decline in area and intensity after 8pm. Wind chills will drop into the mid teens and lows will fall to about 20 degrees across much of the region.
TUESDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE
With the exception of a few lingering flurries, snow has ended across most of the Tri-State. Some additional snow showers are still possible this afternoon in the mountains in northeast West Virginia.
Snow accumulations generally ranged from a dusting to 2 inches, with slightly higher amounts in the higher terrain.
The arctic cold front that brought the snow showers is quickly moving east and bitterly cold air is now settling overhead.
Skies will clear tonight and temperatures will drop rapidly. Overnight lows will fall into the upper teens and 20s and Wednesdays high temperatures will struggle to even warm up into the mid 30s.
Expect widespread frost and even a few icy patches on bridges and overpasses tonight.
Warmer temperatures will return by the end of the week.
TUESDAY MORNING UPDATE
Snow is falling across much of the Tri-State. Cold and grassy surfaces have picked up some light accumulations as of 6 a.m. Most of the roads around the region are just wet, but some isolated slick spots are possible on side and rural roads. Snow showers will also cause spots of reduced visibility on the roadways, especially before sunrise.
1"-2" of show is still possible throughout the remainder of the morning. Temperatures are continuing to fall into the low 30s. Bitterly cold air will follow the snow later today and overnight.
The StormTracker 13 Weather Team will have continuous update throughout the morning.
Click here for the StormTracker 13 predictor to see the weather coming up for the day.
LATE NIGHT UPDATE
Still seeing rain from Charleston to just south of Columbus before midnight. Snow is falling in the Columbus area but temperatures are above freezing. Snowfall rate has been strong with visibilities coming down below 2 miles in the snow bands in Ohio and Indiana.
No change expected to our snow forecast of 1"-2" but we continue to highlight the lower visibility, wet roads and the need for longer stopping distances during the Tuesday morning commute. Snow will taper off in the metro areas right after the morning commute. Drive with caution.
Bryan Hughes, Kristin Ketchell and James Hopkins will be here starting at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday with team coverage of the first snow of the season.
Everything that we've said for the past few days is perfectly on track. Rain overnight will quickly change to snow within a few hours of it starting. This will allow for some cooling ahead of the big time cold and will help with the initial chill.
Snow totals are still on target for a dusting to 1" in the lowlands but the higher you get, the more snow you'll see as well. Charleston to Summersville will be on an increasing scale with Charleston on the hook for 1" to a maximum of 2" and in the mountains 2" to 3". Most of this snow will accumulate on grassy surfaces and elevated surface like a wooden deck.
Wednesday it will be VERY cold with lows in the low 20s and highs only in the upper 30s but it will be dry.
StormTracker 13 Meteorologists continue to track the slick and snowy commute Tuesday on morning.
"A cold front will push into the area late Monday night into Tuesday morning. Temperatures on Monday will warm into the 50s so when the precipitation arrives, it will initially start as a period of light rain. Arctic air will filter in behind the cold front and gradually change the rain over to light snow during the pre-dawn hours on Tuesday," said Meteorologist Kristin Ketchell.
The most current version of the Stormtracker 13 Predictor model shows snow accumulations around one inch for most of the Tri-State with slightly higher amounts in the eastern mountains of West Virginia.
"Its going to be really difficult for the snow to stick because of how warm the ground has been, so we are expecting most of the snow to accumulate on grassy and cold surfaces," said Ketchell. "The heaviest snow will likely fall during the Tuesday morning commute, which could definitely make some roads slick around the area. Just take it slow and leave yourself some extra time Tuesday morning."
The StormTracker 13 Meteorologists are determined to keep you ahead of the storm and will continue to monitor the situation and provide the most up-to-date information on the incoming snow.